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Old 06-04-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Opinions: 32s or 33s?

Hey guys it's time to buy some new shoes for the Jeep. I wanted you guys opinions on what I should get. I currently am running 32s on a 2.25 BB, I'm am planning on buying a 1.25 BL to go on top of that soon. Collectively I'll be sitting at 3.5 inches over stock. I love my room for suspension travel and I don't want to have to worry about rubbing at all. So what is yall's opinion?

32s or 33s?

I was leaning toward 32s because I want to have maximum flex room and be able to disconnect without rubbing.

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Old 06-04-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
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Depends on your gears... are you stock? 3.07's, 3.55's or 3.73's? If you have 3.05's, stick with the 32's... if you have any other gears, you should be good on 33's. Otherwise, like you said, the 33's might rub more.

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Old 06-04-2014, 04:22 PM   #3
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32's for what you have planned, if you plan on wheeling any.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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I luv my 32's

plus less wear and tear on the front end drive shafts and bearings breaks steering ball joints , steering box and better mpg ! lol
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:34 PM   #5
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I'm in the same boat. Need tires and want to go to 33's but decided against it until I re gear and upgrade my steering. Sticking to 32's for the next year.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:09 PM   #6
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I'm in the same boat. Need tires and want to go to 33's but decided against it until I re gear and upgrade my steering. Sticking to 32's for the next year.
I had 33x12.5 tires, with steel cragars, and the fastest my jeep went was about 63MPH. I have the 2.5l, 5 speed manual- 4.10 gearing. If that's fine for you then go for it man. I'm upgrading to 4.88 gearing ratio right now.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:16 PM   #7
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I have a 4.0 with a 42rle. Going to a D44 in the back with 4.88's.
I'm on a 2.5 lift and adding a body lift, MML and upgrading my steering first before I go to 33's.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:37 PM   #9
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depends on what tire ya buying .....some arnt the true size they say on the sidewall ...my 32 simex are bigger than my 33 dc muds and my kl71s 33 are smaller than the dc ....go figure ...ha ha
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IMO, the costs of regearing, worse mpg and price of going with larger tires doesn't justify the gain of a meager 1/2" of lift. For me, 32's fit the bill.
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Cool ! Jeeps are like Burger King, Have it Your Way ! lol
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:11 AM   #12
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I love my 32" kumho road venture mt tires and they are 32 inches lol. they are great in the mud and on the beach don't even air down any more.
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IMO, the costs of regearing, worse mpg and price of going with larger tires doesn't justify the gain of a meager 1/2" of lift. For me, 32's fit the bill.
That's a good looking setup. I think I'll stick with 32s as most everyone seems opposed to 33s.
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And that reply is so NOT Jeep person.
I think I'll do what everyone else says just freakin Kills me !
That's just like "what color should I paint my interior" or "what wheels should I get, Black or Chrome"
Just get what you like and do what you want ! Holy Crap !
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And that reply is so NOT Jeep person.
I think I'll do what everyone else says just freakin Kills me !
That's just like "what color should I paint my interior" or "what wheels should I get, Black or Chrome"
Just get what you like and do what you want ! Holy Crap !
The OP posted this thread asking for opinions since he was on the fence on the tire sizes. Each of us can do whatever we choose with our Jeeps but it's good to have a forum to bounce ideas or opinions from other Jeepers. Advice and opinions is what makes this forum great.
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Well, I just installed a set of 33 12.5 MTRs on my jeep and 5th gear won't pull even when the road is flat. The gears are 3.73s.

If you do go 33", get a light tire. Maybe a narrow 33" KM2. If you live anywhere with hills you won't like a heavy 33" mud tire.

I have no experience with all terrains on a jeep so if that's the route you are going, keep the tire weight in mind.
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I have been running 285/75r16 Duratracs (32.5”dia) for several months now. They fit properly with 3.25" of total lift. My 4.10 gears with the 5 speed are just low enough to push them down the highway without being annoying.
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Well, I just installed a set of 33 12.5 MTRs on my jeep and 5th gear won't pull even when the road is flat. The gears are 3.73s.

If you do go 33", get a light tire. Maybe a narrow 33" KM2. If you live anywhere with hills you won't like a heavy 33" mud tire.

I have no experience with all terrains on a jeep so if that's the route you are going, keep the tire weight in mind.
your issue is not the correct gearing for 33s.You will need 4.56 or 4.88s gears.
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your issue is not the correct gearing for 33s.You will need 4.56 or 4.88s gears.
I'm worried about wheeling it first. Road manners second. Gotta lift the jeep up a little more so the 33s don't smash the fenders, then I'll get it geared. I needed new tires now and didn't want to buy a new set of small tires.

It's going to cost me a lot of money to gear it since I'm getting different lockers, shafts, gears and all that at once. So I'll keep it in 4th for now then when I have 4+ grand to do what I wanna do, then I'll get it done.

The OP didn't state wether or not he's going to gear it or what gears he has so I figured id mention my experience with it lol
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I'd go ahead and get 33s if you are even considering them now. If not, you'll probably end up wishing you had went bigger.
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If you go over a bump/rock thats big enough you'll rub no matter what. I still rub like crazy with a 4inch lift and Flat Fenders on 33's. I had the same debate when buying my tires, and the 32's actually would've ended up costing more. If it is more of a daily driver than just a weekend toy, go with a good all-terrain tire like BFG. I've had mine for 30K miles and they still have 50-60% tread on them. If gas mileage was that big of an issue, then stick with what you have now because its going to get worse the bigger and heavier the jeep becomes. I'm still running 4.10's with my 4 cylinder and it will pull in 5th gear, just not up really steep hills. You really don't have to do alot of this upgrading unless you're just going to wheel it hard often. I went with Over the Knuckle Steering just because I liked the setup for clearance and it was bigger. It really just depends on what you use your jeep for.
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If you go over a bump/rock thats big enough you'll rub no matter what. I still rub like crazy with a 4inch lift and Flat Fenders on 33's. ...
How much did you extend your bump stops?
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:51 AM   #23
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33's are going on mine this week... Rubicon with 4.10 gears and 4.5in total lift. My guess is that you'll rub with 33's. I might even rub too, I got wheels with 4.5in BS.

You could look in LT sizes for 33" tires if you have 16x8 wheels. Lots of good choices there with <12.5in section width, but also a lot more expensive.

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